SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR TULUM

Since 2018, Art With Me *GNP has been supporting the development and implementation of a Solid Waste Management Plan for Tulum

INTRODUCTION

SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT IS A BIG PROBLEM IN TULUM

Due to Tulum’s accelerated urban growth, its precious jungle, the waters of the cenotes, the ocean, its wildlife and all its natural surroundings are at risk. Solid Waste Management is the most conspicuous problem, overflooding Tulum with 100 tons of trash per day in average and 180 tons per day during high-season.

2 out of every 3 Kg of trash generated daily, comes from the hotel zone. Hotels, restaurants and bars needs to implement management plans to reduce and recycle.

OUR SOLUTION

In an effort to raise awareness and bring solutions, Care With Me continues to operate year round and has become allies with Red Tulum Sostenible, the most successful local environmental group in Tulum, to develop a Solid Waste Management Action Plan to be implemented in the Municipality of Tulum.

Its mission is to minimize the environmental impact of trash through reduction, separation and recycling

Since 2018, we have been raising funds to carry out short, medium and long term actions from technologies to education, from hotels to household, from tourist to local population.

PHASE 1
2018

SOCIAL DIAGNOSE

Last year, our first step was to carry out a Social Diagnose among Tulum’s population. It consisted of surveys of perceptions & habits among different social groups and ages, interviews with decision makers and focus groups with businesses and hotels.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

After analyzing the information, Red Tulum Sostenible designed Educational Programs for people of all ages and social levels to learn about the solid waste topic and how to manage their waste. These programs will be implemented with our 2019 fundraising: Puntos Limpios, a project that consists in installing 12 recycling stations in 12 neighborhoods in the urban zone of Tulum.

FUNDRAISING

Funds between hotel partners were raised so Red Tulum Sostenible could carry out the Social Diagnose and the Design of Educational Programs.

INVESTMENT

Social diagnose & design of Educational Programs and Communication Plan.

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PHASE 2
2019

PUNTOS LIMPIOS

“Puntos Limpios”, will activate 12 neighborhoods in the urban zone of Tulum by installing a recycling station in each one. The neighborhood’s residents will be trained through workshops and educational activities how to reduce and sort their waste.

The waste separation proposal is in 4 categories:

  • Recyclables

  • Organics

  • Non Recyclable and others (electronics, toxics, batteries)

  • Others (electronics, toxics, batteries)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Once the program is properly running, an activation event will take place to launch each Punto Limpio. There will be live music, art events and activities for kids.

COLLECTION LOGISTICS

The collection of waste will be done by SMEC, a company authorized for the handling, transfer and final disposal of solid waste that provides collection services in the caribbean and works jointly with the Ecology Department and the Municipal Government.

FOLLOW UP PROGRAM

Each Punto Limpio will have a follow-up program for a whole year after its activation to verify its proper functioning. Red Tulum Sostenible will identify active and natural leaders neighbors that can help carry on with the program.

PUNTOS LIMPIOS BUDGET

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